Berkshire Bank Wins Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Employee Volunteer Work

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Boston, MA — Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank, was recently named a winner of PR Daily’s 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards in the Employee Volunteer Program category. Berkshire Bank was chosen from a wide pool of entries to receive first prize in the Employee Volunteer Program category for the ingenuity and impact of its XTEAM® volunteer program.

Berkshire’s nationally acclaimed employee volunteer program provides employees with paid time off to volunteer during regular business hours.

  • Last year, 100% of Berkshire’s employees nationally donated 40,000 hours of service to benefit community organizations.
  • Berkshire also closes down its offices each June for its Xtraordinary Day of Service, providing all employees with an opportunity to go out in the community and volunteer as a team.
  • In 2018, Berkshire employees completed 74 service projects that ultimately benefited more than 500,000 individuals.

“Out of many outstanding submissions, we found Berkshire Bank’s work truly set a new standard of excellence for all corporate communications professionals. We congratulate them and look forward to seeing their future successes in this field,” said Justine Figueroa, Senior Marketing Coordinator at Ragan Communications.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition, but more importantly, we are proud of all of the Berkshire Bank employees who share their time and expertise as part of our XTEAM. This honor is a testament to their hard work, dedication and commitment to making our communities thrive,” said Gary R. Levante Vice, President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Berkshire Bank.

Ragan’s Corporate Social Responsibility Awards celebrates teams, organizations and consultants who have redefined the field with their groundbreaking work. As a winner in the program, Berkshire Bank joins an elite group of past winners, including Alex + Ani, International Paper, St. Joseph’s Health, Bayer Crop Science, Arrow Electronics, Alliance Data, Viacom, U.S. Bank and Toronto Pearson Airport.

About Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®, is recognized for its entrepreneurial approach, relationship customer experience and distinctive culture. With $12.0 billion in assets, Berkshire provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management, investment and insurance services through 115 full service branch offices throughout New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, including Commerce Bank, a division of Berkshire Bank. Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank. Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts’ Most Charitable Companies by the Boston Business Journal in 2018. To learn more, visit www.berkshirebank.com, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Berkshire Bank is the official bank of NESN’s Boston Bruins coverage, the Pan-Mass Challenge and the community partner of Boston Seasons at City Hall Plaza.

About Ragan Communications

Ragan Communications operates two of the top news and information sites for the PR and corporate communications industries: Ragan.com and PRDaily.com. Together, these daily news sites attract more than 700,000 global visitors monthly. The Chicago-based company also covers the health care communication industry on HealthCareCommunication.com. Ragan is the leading provider of conferences and online training to PR, media relations and corporate communications professionals. The company also produces RaganTraining.com and PR Daily’s PR University, the industry’s leading video and online education portals. Ragan Communications and PR Daily run 11 awards programs each year, including the prestigious Digital PR and Social Media Awards, PR Daily Awards, Employee Communications Awards and Video and Visual Awards. Judged by globally regarded experts and featuring multiple categories, these programs honor the top work in communications, PR, marketing and media.